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2 remain in custody following California drug bust

Oakland residents who find themselves facing drug charges following execution of a search warrant may be interested in a case that is unfolding in Southern California. According to media sources, three people were taken into custody after sheriff's deputies in Santee served a search warrant at a home located there on Thursday, July 2. Reports indicate that two of the charged parties remain in custody as of press time.

A 19-year-old woman has since been released. She reportedly was at the home in the 8700 block of Lind Vern Court when authorities arrived, and she was subsequently detained on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. No further information about the woman or the possible charge is available.

However, authorities found drugs, guns and illegal explosives in the home, according to reports. A 25-year-old man and a 27-year-old man remain in custody on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. The younger man is also facing charges of possession of an illegal weapon and possession of a controlled substance for sale. The older man is facing additional charges as a felon in possession of ammunition and possessing a destructive device.

Bail was set at $100,000 for the older man and at $20,000 for the younger. Sources say that both man are being held in lieu of bail. If convicted of the charges, the men could face serious consequences. A criminal defense attorney, however, may be able to have the charges reduced or even dropped if examination of the state's evidence shows that required protocols were violated in the execution or issuance of the search warrant.

Source: Santee Patch, "Bust Yields Drugs, Explosives, Weapons," Mirna Alfonso, July 3, 2015

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